F1 Rethought: The Calendar
There's a better way of going about it.
Formula 1 takes on one of its biggest challenges yet in 2020.
I should note before I begin that I didn't do any maths for this so I could be totally wrong about all this. But hopefully not.
Back on the 10th November 2020, Formula 1 announced its provisional 23 race 2021 calendar. It's a whopper of a calendar that sees F1 making its debut in Saudi Arabia.
You might be thinking this article will be about Saudi Arabia then, but that's not why I'm here - although I'm sure I could write another article just on that. Instead, I think that the entire F1 calendar should be re-organized in a completely different way. Every year, we as fans watch F1 travel all over the globe to go racing. One week, it's in Australia, then Spain not long after and Azerbaijan and Canada after that. It's a lot of moving around that from a logical point of view, doesn't make a lot of sense - especially these days.
Formula 1 has committed itself to reducing its carbon footprint dramatically by 2030 - as it should. Yet whilst the methods F1 is employing to do this are good steps in the right direction, there's another obvious solution that they don't seem to be implementing: travel from race to race.
Instead of flying left, right and centre for the entire year, Formula 1 should move across the globe in a steady, logical way. Say the season starts as it normally does in Australia, it makes sense for the next race to take place in Singapore as it's closest to Melbourne. From there, they should go to China and Japan before touching down in the Middle East for the rounds in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia respectively. By moving steadily across the continents, the carbon footprint is surely going to be reduced somewhat as a result.
The shake-up to the calendar could also contribute to some more exciting races as F1 may end up at a certain track at a different time of year to usual and have to deal with the different weather conditions accordingly. So it's a win win scenario.
By flying back and fourth all of the time, it seems like an unnecessary waste or air miles. At the end of the day, you can still get in all 23 rounds of the season currently on the calendar and help F1 reach their climate goals by 2030. Plus, this way, Formula 1 really seems like a travelling circus - to me it would anyway!
In case anyone is curious to see what the full revised calendar would look like, it would look roughly like this:
Australia, Singapore, China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Spain, Monaco, Portugal, France, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Mexico and finally, Brazil.
Alternatively, the reverse of this calendar could also work and be quite a fun way of doing things.
The upcoming Polish racing driver and I caught up recently to chat about everything motorsport.
Also note that given all the calendar changes this year, I've gone on what was the official F1 calendar for 2021 at some point in the last six months!
What do you think of this idea? Let me know in the comments below.